Students may choose to accommodate/live either on or off campus while studying in a college/university in Canada. Hence there are several kinds of accommodation available.
Accommodation provided by the school/college enrolled in:
Canadian Schools/ Colleges and Universities provide two kinds of accommodation:
In this variety, normally 4-6 students share a flat – like space with individual bedrooms and common living and kitchen areas. This is a good way of making friends, getting to be part of the student community, share chores and exchange cultural tips, while still being able to have one’s own individual space while studying, writing and sleeping.
Gender specific floors or dormitories may be specifically asked for if a student so requires.
Many Canadian families enjoy renting out their extra rooms to international students after their own families have moved out. The advantages of such homestays are many. The student gets to stay in a home-like atmosphere
and has the benefit of being part of a family. This is often essential for international students, especially the younger students and helps them adapt quicker. It also gives the student a chance to improve their English or French. Typically the student has a room to her/him and shares meals with the host family.
Since homestays are arranged by the school/college the student has enrolled in, every effort is made to match the student profile with the host family to ensure safe and healthy adaptation.
Prices will depend on the location, placement fee charged by the school/college and whether a meal plan is included or not.
Renting is a popular system of accommodation. However, in this system, there are no set prices or set of amenities provided. Rents may vary vastly depending on location, the lists of amenities and utilities included. Rents are higher in the city centre areas, especially in larger cities while the suburban accommodation may appear or actually be much cheaper. It is important for the student to make a thorough comparison and read the fine print before signing a lease.
The attending college/ institution may be able to provide a list of renting options within the vicinity. Though recommended by the institution, it is still important that the student makes a thorough study to avoid problems later. Often an entire flat or house is too expensive for one student alone to rent out and so one can join a group who is renting by either checking out new students with similar requirements, or keep a lookout on notice boards, newspapers and the like for any single rooms within a house being advertised.
Landlords may take a damage deposit at the start with rent being payable monthly, quarterly or as a lump sum.
Youth hostels are a boon for students looking for temporary stay because they have not been able to make arrangements in advance for the longer duration. These are ideal for short stays as they are relatively cheaper and provide the basic amenities. Canadian hostels must be inspected and approved by the Canadian Hosteling Association however these may not be ideal for longer durations. Also these are open to travelers from within and outside Canada, so may be also booked up during holiday or peak season. It is best for a student to make arrangements for even such short stints before one leaves one’s homeland.
OStudying in Canada is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an Arts & Science program is approximately C$7100 (US$4765). However, tuition varies from institution to institution. See below for:
Tuition fees for international students vary from province to province and depend on your faculty of choice. The following table shows the range of tuition fees for each province. Fees are in Canadian dollars – for general arts and science programs.
|Country||2016 – 2017||2016 – 2017|
|Canada||Undergraduate tuition fees for the academic year (International students) Approx||Graduate tuition fees for the academic year (International students) Approx|
|9000 – 17000||12000 – 20000|
Studying in Canada is not free, but it is affordable. The average cost for a foreign student for one school year (8 months) in an Arts & Science program is approximately C$7,100 (US$4,765). However, tuition varies from institution to institution. See below for:
One month’s lodging, one-bedroom apartment: $400 Approx
Bus fare, one way: $2.25 Approx
Local telephone call: $0.25 Approx
Modest restaurant meal: lunch $7/dinner $14 Approx
Movie: $11.50 – $13 Approx
International Postage (letter): $1.40 Approx
Canadian winters are chilly, an adequate warm clothing budget is essential. Budget around $250 – $350 US approximate for proper winter wardrobe.
You will need approximately $12,000 US ($18,840 Cdn or 13,000 Euro) to cover your expenses for an academic year. This includes your tuition and living expenses but not your air-fare. Please remember that this figure is an average only. Actual expenses may vary depending on the region of the country you live in, the tuition fees at the university you attend and your field of specialisation. Consult us to assist with your financial planning
The economy of Canada is largely service oriented, with 69.8% (Updated as per 2012 census) of the GDP being contributed by the Services sector. Industry contributes 28.5% and agriculture 1.7%. In the year 2010 the GDP was estimated at a whopping $1.6 trillion (2016 update).
Before World War II, the economy was primarily agrarian, but with the growth of mining as an industry, agriculture soon took a backseat. Owing to its large resources of mineral deposits, it is no wonder that Canada’s major exports are petroleum, energy, natural gas, aluminum, timber besides aircraft & industrial machinery and telecommunication equipment. A healthy sign of Canada’s economy is that it exports more than it imports.
12.9 % Canadians live below the poverty line and unemployment rate is a mere 6.8% (January 2017). Today, the Canadian economy closely resembles that of its neighbor, the USA; the Canadian dollar too is gaining strength and ground against the US dollar.
Canada is an English speaking nation. Hence, it is important that a student aspiring to study in Canada be proficient in the language. A good way of demonstrating your proficiency is by giving the standard International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exams.
Besides these, there are several other exams that a student might have to take. Depending on the school applied to or course of study, it may be recommended or even mandatory to appear for one or more of the following tests:
For Undergraduate Study:
For Postgraduate Study:
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A valid passport and a valid long term stay permit (student visa) is required to enter and study in Canada. The making of a new passport, if the student does not already have one, can take from several weeks to a couple of months. The visa process too can take from a few days in some cases to up to 2-3 months in others. Therefore it would be wise to factor these in when you start planning the course intake in which you plan to study.
Here is some information with regard to Visa Procedures and Requirements.
The visa is a legal document that allows a person to enter that country and stay for the duration stipulated on the document, for the reason it was granted. A student therefore requires a student visa that allows him/ her to stay for the duration of the course study and also allows him/her certain privileges (such as permit to work part time) as per the rules of that country.
An applicant must be able to convince the Consulate Representative handling the visa that she/he has “a permanent residence in India which he/she has no intention of abandoning.”
Each case is different and scrutinized individually and hence there is no standard or ‘foolproof’ procedure for obtaining visas. A prospective must be able to demonstrate the genuineness of his visit. A few examples of circumstances that applicants have submitted as proof of return are: evidence of a good job, sizeable finances or property, family and a good social standing.
However this does not mean that the officer would accept all these papers, nor that it guarantees a visa being granted. One must remember that today the number of visa applications received is so large, that it often is not possible to get them done within the normal working hours of the Consulate. It is important therefore to understand that one must submit only necessary, genuine and relevant documents and also be ready and able to answer any questions asked by the interviewing officer, quickly and precisely.
International students are required to obtain a Study Permit before going to Canada. The student can apply for Study permit under the Student Partners Program (SPP) of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges and the Canadian Immigration Programs in New Delhi and Chandigarh. To qualify for Study Permit Application under SPP the student should hold an unconditional offer letter from one of the universities / colleges that are included under this scheme. SPP is currently open to Indian nationals only. Allow atleast two months for your Visa to be processed.
Documents Checklist for SSP (STUDENT PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM):
1) SPP Checklist – Attach THIS checklist as a cover sheet to your application.
2) Application form fully completed (all questions answered), dated and signed, indicating your personal mailing address, reliable phone contact, and your personal email address (if you agree to e-mail communications).
3) Original, valid passport for yourself, as well as a photocopy of the bio data page
4) Family Information Form and Student Questionnaire (leaving no gaps).
5) Two passport photographs with a white background for yourself and each family member requesting a visa. The photographs should have your name printed on the back, dated and taken in the past 6 months.
6) Letter of Acceptance from your SPP educational institute in Canada stating unconditional admission, course title, duration of study, level of study, start date (multiple start dates, if applicable) and latest possible date of admission.
7) Use of a Representative form (IMM 5476) (if applicable)
8) IELTS test results taken within last 24 months with overall band not less than 6.0, with no individual band lower than 5.5.
9) Photocopy of the most recent diploma/leaving certificate, and most recent mark sheets (for entire program; consolidated mark sheets are NOT acceptable)
10) Copy of receipts for tuition payment provided by the SPP institution.
11) Proof of funds: You MUST demonstrate the purchase of a special (GIC) from a participating Canadian financial institution, in the amount of $10,000 CAD to cover living expenses for your first year in Canada. Please consult page 2 for information on how to obtain a GIC. Official GIC document is mandatory.
12) Copy of medical examination form IMM1017 if you opted to undergo a medical examination before submitting your application.
To study at a Canadian university, you will need a study permit. You may also need a visitor visa, which will be issued to you at the same time as your study permit. We can assist you to obtain the study permit. It is best to apply early, as processing of a study permit usually takes one or two months. There is a processing charge of $150 Cdn (approximately INR @10000) for one person. If you plan to study in the province of Quebec you must pay another $100 Cdn for a Certificate d’acceptation du Québec. There is no fee for a visa when it is issued with a study permit. Note: You must be sure to arrive in Canada with a valid study permit (and visitor visa, if required).
This section takes you through the universities admission process step by step. It starts with general requirements, application procedure right till bank loans. It also gives a helpful guide for Studying in Canada.
The basic steps for applying abroad are:
Selecting University: While selecting the right course and University keep in mind the following points
Pre-application: A pre-application is a tentative list of schools that you would like to apply to. On the basis of your academic profile, your probable test scores and financial ability compile a list of universities to which you must send a letter requesting further information. At this stage, you can write to the selected 25-30 universities. You can directly request application materials from the universities. There are three ways to get application forms.
Recommendation Letters: Letter of reference or recommendation letter plays a very important role in the admission process especially for Master’s and Doctoral courses. A recommendation letter is a signed statement from a person who knows you well professionally or has taught you in a subject that is related to the course you are applying to. It should list your positive and negative qualities, strengths and weaknesses, your character and integrity and other such information.
The author or teacher must indicate his position, how long he/she has known the applicant and in what capacity. He/she should briefly discuss the need, importance and usefulness of the study the applicant proposes to undertake. Authors are usually asked to rank applicants in their letters of recommendation, which helps admission officers to interpret the academic credentials of foreign students. Students should obtain letters of recommendation (often on the prescribed forms sent by the institutions) from teachers who know them as a person as well as a student. You may like to request your author to give concrete examples that may show your qualities and help your case.
Documents Required For Admission:
Essays / Statement of Purpose: The personal essays, and/or statement of purpose, also play a very important role in the process of evaluating your application for both admission as well as financial aid because it gives the faculty, assessing your application, information about you as an individual. For MBA candidates this is probably the most important criterion. In the statement of purpose, which must be concise, the student must define his or her academic goals, and/or research plans. It should include justification for choosing the academic program and specialization, and for selecting the particular college as well as the advantages and benefit of studying that particular course.
The first step to be able to study at a recognized Canadian education Institution is to be accepted by that institution – this is usually in the form of a Offer Letter.
Once a student has determined what course to study and at which universities, s/he must contact the registrar’s office at each of these universities and obtain an application form for a Bachelor’s or Professional degree. For; Post Graduate Studies (aka Graduate Studies), s/he must contact the dean of graduate studies at the universities that interest her/him. It is important to apply early.
When to apply: Many universities have deadlines for application submission and this must be kept in mind while applying. In general, though, an international students would be required to apply around 8-9 or even 12 months before the start of classes (intake). Semesters typically start in September (fall or autumn) and in January (winter). However, some institutions have May intakes or even ‘rolling admissions’ (especially for higher education such as PhD) when students are admitted throughout the year depending on availability of the advisor or guide.
Calendars with course descriptions, admission requirements and procedures, costs and scholarships are available from the registrar at each university.
Engineering, optometry, medicine, veterinary medicine, law, and dentistry are fields where the first professional degree is considered an undergraduate program. Limited seats are available contingent on your academic merit. International students must have obtained very high percentage of marks for such courses, and some would even require the student to have completed at least two years of undergraduate study in specific subjects before embarking on the professional course. Entrance exams specific to the professional courses (such as DAT for Dentistry) too may be required to be given by the student.
Scholarships in Canada are few in number and hence not easy to find. They rarely cover the full cost of tuition and are available only to international students with exceptional academic achievements.
A list of available scholarships and how to apply may be found in the calendar of each institution. Application for scholarship must be made directly to the University along with the application for admission to the course one wants to study.
Community and Career Colleges do not usually award scholarships nor do school boards or most private schools.
There are a few independent organizations within Canada administer scholarships, but these are mostly for higher studies- graduate studies and even higher research oriented studies being undertaken by professors.
Students must also scour their home country for scholarships, as often, one may not avail of funds kept aside by various organizations for students intending to study abroad because of sheer ignorance of their existence.
This section gives you details about your Work Eligibility and Employment Opportunity in Canada.
Students may work on the campus of the institution they are studying at, without a work permit, if they are:
To be able to work off campus,
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Full time students with a valid study permit, studying at an accredited public or private institution, may work on campus without a work permit. The type of work that students do under these conditions is normally that of a teaching or research assistant.
Some courses have industrial work as part of their study curriculum and have to work off-campus for a few weeks to a few months. This is often seen in case of Co-op and Internship programmes. In such cases, students have to take a work permit besides their study permit.
In most cases, work permits for students are granted if:
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This section takes you through the list of Colleges and Universities in Canada. It starts with tips on finding the program that’s right for you and ends with choosing the right university.
Academic Standards & Entry Dates: You need to know the academic admission and English language requirements (if applicable) of the institution you would like to attend. You must be able to meet those requirements to gain entry to the institution.
Location & Size: The location of the institution may be important. The decision of where to go will depend on your preference for big cities or small towns. Also, consider the location of the campus within the city. Some schools are located near or in a city centre, while others are located in settings that are more rural.
Large, medium or small, you should also consider the size of the institution and the classes you would prefer. Schools in Canada range from large universities that have 40, 000 or more students to language schools that have as little as 40 students. Smaller classes generally allow for more individual attention; however, larger classes often offer smaller seminars in addition to lectures.
Facilities & Activities: Think about what facilities are important to you. Do you want a school that has extensive computer and study facilities? Are you looking for a school that excels in its sports, music or research facilities? Check with the institutions to see what they have available.
Other activities may not be offered directly by the institution, but are easily accessible from the campus. For example if you enjoy snowboarding or windsurfing, ask the school if your activity can be pursued in the local area.
Cost: The cost of a Canadian education includes tuition, housing, food, books, supplies, and personal living expenses. You should choose a school in relation to your overall budget. The institution you plan to attend will be able to provide information on tuition, housing (if applicable), books and supplies, and food (if purchasing a meal plan). You can also ask the institution for information on how much it costs to live in the city or town where the school is located. You should also note that living in a big city could be more expensive than living in a smaller town.
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